Nintendo Made Zelda 1 Style Prototype for Breath of the Wild

Okay everyone. A quick question for you all.

What do you think this picture shows?

Is it the original Zelda 1 on the NES? A Zelda type Mario Maker game? Some sort of 3D classics deal for the NES where Zelda 1 and 2 are reimagined with 3D graphics?

Well no actually. Actually, it’s a prototype of The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild on Nintendo Switch.

Yes really. This was Nintendo’s first playable prototype of the new Zelda game that’s being released in a couple of days time. It even ran the same physics engine:

But why does this exist? Why did Nintendo test out their ideas for their flagship 3D Zelda game with a 2D prototype based on the original Legend of Zelda?

The answer is actually simple. It’s because Breath of the Wild has a ton of new ideas and mechanics, and Nintendo wanted to test them out in a simpler way first. So they decided to prototype their ideas in a 2D environment, and move over to the 3D game once they knew they were fun for the player.

It’s an interesting way to prototype a game really. Yet that’s not all it is either.

Oh no, it’s also a potential money maker for Nintendo too. I mean, think about it. A lot of Zelda fans would definitely buy a Zelda 1 style game with some of the mechanics and depth found in Breath of the Wild. So if they ever end up in a pinch, they can just fix it up a little and stick it on the eShop. Hey presto! Instant cash for a quick prototype!

Still, what do you think of this? Is the idea of a Zelda 1 style prototype for Breath of the Wild an interesting one? And would you buy it if Nintendo polished it up a bit and stuck it on the eShop for a couple of dollars?

Post your thoughts in the comments below!

Nintendo Shows Scrapped Modern Designs for Link and Ganondorf in GDC Presentation

Today, Nintendo held a presentation about The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild at the Game Developers Conference 2017. Focused on reinventing the series and taking advantage of the new hardware, this presentation was a chance for Nintendo to show the game design lessons they’d learn while making the new game for the Switch.

You know, all typical things you’d expect to see at a game design event.

But as we know, Nintendo likes to do a bit more than ‘what’s typical’. And so they showed us something else that was quite interesting in said GDC presentation. Namely, Link and Ganon as characters in a modern day world!

No, we’re not joking. Somewhere in Nintendo’s concept art collection, they had designs showing Link as a modern teen and Ganondorf as a heavy metal fan. Here are the pictures if you want to see them for yourself:

As you can see, they’re certainly different from what you’d expect in the Zelda series. I mean, yeah, Zelda did always have a few futuristic elements. And games like Skyward Sword and Breath of the Wild have put a bit more focus on those.

Yet Nintendo’s designs go even further than that. They seem to imply that at one time Nintendo was actually considering a cyberpunk Legend of Zelda game. A full on futuristic title with Link stopping Ganon in a modern day setting. Like say, the old rumoured Valley of the Flood game that went around the internet a few years back.

And things get more interesting still. Why? Because the artwork shown by Nintendo in their tweet doesn’t actually picture all of their futuristic concepts for Link. Instead, there’s one more they didn’t show. Which is featured here:

Yeah, it’s basically Link in Samus Aran style power armour. This opens up a lot of interesting possibilities for game design, to an even greater extent than the drastic setting/design change hinted at above. Like say, a game with some of the mechanics from Metroid implemented in a Zelda type open world.

There’s also a few hints at other sci-fi themes being tested for the Zelda series too. Like the title concept of ‘Hyrule Wars’ (obviously referencing Star Wars) and ‘Legend of Zelda Invasion’ (based on an alien attack)

Either way, it’s some really interesting concept art, and it makes me want to see what a futuristic Zelda game actually could be like. Maybe that cyberpunk Zelda game concept isn’t as unbelievable as we originally thought after all!

But still, what do you think? Do you find these artworks intriguing? And how do you think they could have got a modern or futuristic Zelda game working?

Post your thoughts here or on social media today!

The Nintendo Switch Controller Works Fine on PC

Up until now, using console controllers on a PC was a troublesome process. Oh sure, you had a few exceptions which were made to work like that (such as the Xbox controllers), but the vast majority required special adaptors and drivers just to get the PC to recognise the dang thing. Like say, this one for Gamecube controllers:

Or this special driver for the NES Classic Mini ones.

Either way, it was a tedious pain in the ass.

But it seems things are changing with the Nintendo Switch! Why? Because as the title suggests, the Pro Controller now works with computers straight out of the box!

No, we’re not kidding. Just set up the controller to look for a device to sync too, then find said controller in the ‘Manage Bluetooth devices’ menu in Windows. That’s it. No USB or special drivers needed at all.

Here’s a video showing it in action, in case you’re sceptical:

As well as an FAQ by the same author showing how it all works:

It’s all very nice and convenient, and means using your Nintendo Switch controller for PC games is as simple an endeavour as possible.

So thanks Nintendo. Thanks for making your new controller usable for more than just the Nintendo Switch. It’s so appreciated to have a controller that’s so easy to setup and use this way.

The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild: Everything We Know

A couple of days back, it finally happened. The entirety of The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild was leaked online, with hundreds playing it early thanks to ROMs and shared review copies.

And embargoes be damned, this leak just blew the floodgates off. We had the whole soundtrack posted online. Every item icon and costume was data mined from the game within a matter of hours. Either way, anyone looking for information was quickly buried under too many sources at once. The sheer quantity of people playing it early and sharing their thoughts just made it impossible to find out any one thing in particular.

So to clear things up, we’ve decided to write a summary of a lot. A long, detailed article going into every bit of information we know about Breath of the Wild from the leaks, videos and message boards dedicated to it across the internet.

Hence here it is. The definitive overview of everything important you’ll see in The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild.

Just be warned about spoilers okay? Because this articlecovers a crap ton of things Nintendo likely didn’t intend for anyone to know til long after the game was released…
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Warning: The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Has Been Leaked!

Oh boy, Nintendo isn’t going to like this very much. Because as the title up there suggests, the entirety of The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild has now been leaked online. In other words, anyone with no morals and a Wii U can download and play the game right now, as well as post everything remaining in the title on YouTube or other video sharing sites.

As a result of this, spoilers are now rampant online. You’ve got a guy on the Zelda Reddit doing an AMA for the game. A certain YouTube music uploader has now posted the songs for Hyrule Castle on his account. And well, sites like GBATemp and 4chan are now in meltdown. Cause of all the morons begging for downloads.

It’s absolutely insanity, and Nintendo’s worst nightmare to boot. We do get some good music:

And spoiler hounds do get some early info. But for the rest of us? Yeah, it’s time to get off the internet. Because now the entire game is out there and people are making videos of it right now.